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G. Rapids approves budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 29 November 2013 10:17
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GRAND RAPIDS - Village council on Monday approved $2.4 million in appropriations for its 2014 budget.
The $2,380,450 appropriated for 2014 reflects an $145,350 increase over the village's 2013 appropriations.
The appropriations were approved as an "emergency," as opposed to being given three readings, during Monday's council meeting. It was passed as an emergency in order to submit to the Wood County Auditor's Office by the end of the year.
Capital improvements and maintenance/upkeep of the town hall make-up the largest increase in planned expenditures. Council members agreed to earmark an additional $31,000 for the town hall, $36,000 more for capital improvements to land and buildings and $21,000 for capital improvements to village streets.
Decreases in appropriations include: reduction in salary for the village administrator (Chad Hoffman will begin working part-time in 2014), reduction in capital improvement money set aside for sewers and a decrease in employee benefit costs from both the sewer and water departments.
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Giving thanks ...along with turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:02
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Attendees of an annual Thanksgiving Dinner are seen November 26, 2013 at the Bowling Green Community Center. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A lingering aroma of turkey and trimmings may haunt the Bowling Green Community Center this week.
One of the community center's gyms was host to a community Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday. Put on by two area churches, the event offered both food and fellowship to anyone wishing to ring in the season a bit early.
They turned out in droves, ultimately gobbling up all that was offered and more as Christmas music played overhead.
Christ's Church Pastor Doug McKinney said the meal reached more than 400 last year, and early indications suggest a similarly smashing success this year.
McKinney estimated that more than 550 were served, and organizers had to make a grocery run for green beans, desserts and even rotisserie chickens to substitute for turkey given the swarms of hungry guests.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:41
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Historical center a winter wonderland PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 29 November 2013 10:09
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Wood County Historical Center member Juanita Place works on a display in a second floor room. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bob Place is the first one to admit it - Juanita Place, his wife of 42 years, is a mastermind.
This fact is made clear around Christmastime at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum's Old Home.
There, the Places have adopted and decorated a room for the past ten years.  
"It's all her," Bob Place said. "She's in charge. She does a great job. And I help out - got to make the wife happy."
Bob Place and his mastermind of a wife aren't alone.
This year, friends and members of the Historical Center and community groups decorated 30 rooms in the  Old Home for the holiday season.
Each room has a specific theme ranging from the 1980s to Christmas City and The Polar Express.
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Jerry City may get disaster relief PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:45
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File photo. Debris is seen where tornado destroyed this home in Jerry City. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Gov. John Kasich has authorized that the State Disaster Relief Fund be opened to the village in the wake of the Nov. 17 tornado.
However, Jerry City must still see if they qualify to receive the money.
"The State Disaster Relief Program is a program that has several thresholds that the community would have to meet," said Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert this morning. "And they're taking a look at those numbers, I believe, today."
The Disaster Relief Program provides assistance to local governments and eligible private non-profits for costs associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent work, according to a press release from the governor's office.
"Probably the biggest thing is whatever expenses the village had in response and recovery had to exceed one-half of one percent of their total budget. And that's kind of a hard threshold to meet."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:59
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